When Kendry Morales landed awkwardly at home plate after his game-winning grand slam on May 29, the Angels were sitting at 24-27, three and a half games behind Oakland, and three games behind the Rangers.â†µ
Since then, the Angels have regrouped, as they always seem to do whenever they face adversity, and have gone on a 19-8 run. The problem is that Texas has won 20 of 26 in that same span, so the Angels now stand four and a half games out of first place, further back than they were when they were under .500.â†µ
This week, that can change, as the Angels welcome Texas to Anaheim for three games starting Tuesday night. Here are the pitching matchups:â†µ
Tuesday: Joel Pineiro vs. Scott Feldman
Wednesday: Scott Kazmir vs. Colby Lewis
Thursday: Jered Weaver vs. C.J. Wilson
The Angels’ starting pitching has been the key to their resurgence, with eight quality starts in their last 10 games, and a 3.99 ERA during their 27-game run.â†µ
The Angels play 10 of their next 29 games against the Rangers, so this is as good a time as any to close the gap.